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Charles Darwin International PhD Scholars (CDIPS)

The aim of the Charles Darwin International PhD Scholars (CDIPS) Scheme is to bring together CDU supervisors and high-quality international students to work together in strategic areas for the university, to ensure timely completion of the Scholars’ PhDs degrees and publication of high-quality outputs during the candidature.

It is expected that the CDIPS will equip students with significant publication records before graduation to launch their careers.

This scholarship consists of tax-free stipends and tuition fee waivers.

  • Each stipend will be approximately $30,000 per year (adjusted yearly) for 3 years, with an additional one-off $5,000 allocated to support part of the student’s medical insurance and relocation.
  • Tuition fees of the PhD course (approx. $28,000 per year, adjusted yearly) will also be waived for 3 years.

The stipends and tuition fee waivers may be extended to 3.5 years, for students who demonstrate publication of high-quality research outputs prior to applying for an extension.

Interested applicants are to contact the supervisors listed in the projects.

Browse available CDIPS projects

Health

Health - open day
  • Principal advisor: Associate Professor Benjamin Tan PhD RN (Associate Dean Research)
    Course: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Study and Thesis
    Model: Full time, PhD by Publication
    Expected commencement date: 31 January 2021 (negotiable)

    About you

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. The following essential selection criteria apply:

    • a first-class Honours degree or a Master’s degree containing a substantial research component ina related area e.g. health sciences, nursing, traditional Chinese medicine, or integrative medicine
    • current registration as a health practitioner (e.g., registered nurse) in your home country
    • theoretical understanding in using complementary therapies for cancer symptom management
    • demonstrated experience and skills in conducting systematic reviews and clinical trials
    • proven research track record of contributing to international peer-reviewed journal publications
    • demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

    Application process

    Interested applicants should contact Associate Professor Benjamin Tan (Lead Chief Investigator of the CDIPS) by email at benjamin.tan@cdu.edu.au. Applicants will then be required to provide the below items:

    • curriculum vitae, including details of 2 academic referees
    • a cover letter outlining a) your research interests, and b) how you meet the above selection criteria
    • a copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts
    • evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS) if your degree(s) were not completed in English
    • the initial closing date for the EOI is 1 December 2020. The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.
  • Principal advisor: Associate Professor Benjamin Tan PhD RN (Associate Dean Research)
    Course: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Study and Thesis
    Model: Full time, PhD by Publication
    Expected commencement date: 31 January 2021 (negotiable)

    About you

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. The following essential selection criteria apply:

    • a first-class Honours degree or a Master’s degree containing a substantial research component ina related area e.g. health sciences, nursing, traditional Chinese medicine, or integrative medicine
    • current registration as a health practitioner (e.g., registered nurse) in your home country
    • theoretical understanding in using complementary therapies for cancer symptom management
    • demonstrated experience and skills in conducting systematic reviews and clinical trials
    • proven research track record of contributing to international peer-reviewed journal publications
    • demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

    Application process

    Interested applicants should contact Associate Professor Benjamin Tan (Lead Chief Investigator of the CDIPS) by email at benjamin.tan@cdu.edu.au. Applicants will then be required to provide the below items:

    • curriculum vitae, including details of 2 academic referees
    • a cover letter outlining a) your research interests, and b) how you meet the above selection criteria
    • a copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts
    • evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS) if your degree(s) were not completed in English
    • the initial closing date for the EOI is 1 December 2020. The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.

Business and sustainable enterprise

Virtual open day Business Law
  • Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in an area of Business, Marketing or Management or similar;
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in academic research;
    • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

     

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should contact Professor Steven Greenland, APCBL Associate Dean - Research, highlighting their interest in the particular project with the following information:

    • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria;
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS);
    • An indication of your preference for undertaking a PhD in at least one of the projects outlined above, or provide a brief research proposal on a sustainability research topic of your choice.

    The closing date for expressions of interest for consideration for the February 2021 scholarship round is 1st December 2020.  The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.  Other scholarship opportunities may also arise throughout 2021 and will be considered.

     

    Contact:

    Professor Steven Greenland

    Assistant Dean Research / Professor in Marketing

    Asia Pacific College of Business and Law

    E:  steven.greenland@cdu.edu.au

    P:  +61 8 8946 8804

  • Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in an area of Business, Marketing or Management or similar;
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in academic research;
    • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

     

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should contact Professor Steven Greenland, APCBL Associate Dean - Research, highlighting their interest in the particular project with the following information:

    • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria;
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS);
    • An indication of your preference for undertaking a PhD in at least one of the projects outlined above, or provide a brief research proposal on a sustainability research topic of your choice.

    The closing date for expressions of interest for consideration for the February 2021 scholarship round is 1st December 2020.  The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.  Other scholarship opportunities may also arise throughout 2021 and will be considered.

     

    Contact:

    Professor Steven Greenland

    Assistant Dean Research / Professor in Marketing

    Asia Pacific College of Business and Law

    E:  steven.greenland@cdu.edu.au

    P:  +61 8 8946 8804

  • Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in an area of Business, Marketing or Management or similar;
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in academic research;
    • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

     

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should contact Professor Steven Greenland, APCBL Associate Dean - Research, highlighting their interest in the particular project with the following information:

    • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria;
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS);
    • An indication of your preference for undertaking a PhD in at least one of the projects outlined above, or provide a brief research proposal on a sustainability research topic of your choice.

    The closing date for expressions of interest for consideration for the February 2021 scholarship round is 1st December 2020.  The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.  Other scholarship opportunities may also arise throughout 2021 and will be considered.

     

    Contact:

    Professor Steven Greenland

    Assistant Dean Research / Professor in Marketing

    Asia Pacific College of Business and Law

    E:  steven.greenland@cdu.edu.au

    P:  +61 8 8946 8804

  • Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in an area of Business, Marketing or Management or similar;
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in academic research;
    • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

     

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should contact Professor Steven Greenland, APCBL Associate Dean - Research, highlighting their interest in the particular project with the following information:

    • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria;
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS);
    • An indication of your preference for undertaking a PhD in at least one of the projects outlined above, or provide a brief research proposal on a sustainability research topic of your choice.

    The closing date for expressions of interest for consideration for the February 2021 scholarship round is 1st December 2020.  The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.  Other scholarship opportunities may also arise throughout 2021 and will be considered.

     

    Contact:

    Professor Steven Greenland

    Assistant Dean Research / Professor in Marketing

    Asia Pacific College of Business and Law

    E:  steven.greenland@cdu.edu.au

    P:  +61 8 8946 8804

  • Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in an area of Business, Marketing or Management or similar;
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in academic research;
    • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

     

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should contact Professor Steven Greenland, APCBL Associate Dean - Research, highlighting their interest in the particular project with the following information:

    • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria;
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS);
    • An indication of your preference for undertaking a PhD in at least one of the projects outlined above, or provide a brief research proposal on a sustainability research topic of your choice.

    The closing date for expressions of interest for consideration for the February 2021 scholarship round is 1st December 2020.  The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.  Other scholarship opportunities may also arise throughout 2021 and will be considered.

     

    Contact:

    Professor Steven Greenland

    Assistant Dean Research / Professor in Marketing

    Asia Pacific College of Business and Law

    E:  steven.greenland@cdu.edu.au

    P:  +61 8 8946 8804

  • Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in an area of Business, Marketing or Management or similar;
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in academic research;
    • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

     

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should contact Professor Steven Greenland, APCBL Associate Dean - Research, highlighting their interest in the particular project with the following information:

    • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria;
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS);
    • An indication of your preference for undertaking a PhD in at least one of the projects outlined above, or provide a brief research proposal on a sustainability research topic of your choice.

    The closing date for expressions of interest for consideration for the February 2021 scholarship round is 1st December 2020.  The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.  Other scholarship opportunities may also arise throughout 2021 and will be considered.

     

    Contact:

    Professor Steven Greenland

    Assistant Dean Research / Professor in Marketing

    Asia Pacific College of Business and Law

    E:  steven.greenland@cdu.edu.au

    P:  +61 8 8946 8804

  • Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in an area of Business, Marketing or Management or similar;
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in academic research;
    • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

     

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should contact Professor Steven Greenland, APCBL Associate Dean - Research, highlighting their interest in the particular project with the following information:

    • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria;
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS);
    • An indication of your preference for undertaking a PhD in at least one of the projects outlined above, or provide a brief research proposal on a sustainability research topic of your choice.

    The closing date for expressions of interest for consideration for the February 2021 scholarship round is 1st December 2020.  The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.  Other scholarship opportunities may also arise throughout 2021 and will be considered.

     

    Contact:

    Professor Steven Greenland

    Assistant Dean Research / Professor in Marketing

    Asia Pacific College of Business and Law

    E:  steven.greenland@cdu.edu.au

    P:  +61 8 8946 8804

Education

Virtual Day education
  • Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) has over 14,000 Aboriginal students and 47% of all students have a language background other than English (NT Department of Education, 2018). Second Language Acquisition research has found that English language learners often follow a predictable path through the same stages of development when learning English (Ellis, 2015). However, a growing number of studies have demonstrated that this general sequence of speech and language development is not universal because it is influenced by the learner’s first language and the context in which they are learning the language (for example see Shin & Milroy, 1999).

    Aims: This PhD project proposes to develop learning technologies that provide NT teachers with the capacity to assess students’ Standard Australian English (SAE) speech and language skills, receive immediate individual and group level feedback and then provide explicit teaching strategies to meet students’ needs. This project proposes:

    • The development of a learning app in a specific SAE speech and/or language domain, to support teachers’ assessment of and pedagogical responses to young learners.
    • The implementation of a classroom trial (including at least one remote school) to assess the use of technology and the impact on students’ SAE speech and/or language development.

    The candidate will be expected to read broadly across the literature on learning technologies as well as literature in a specific selected area of speech and language development as related to academic achievement. As an International student, the candidate will also be expected to draw on their own multilingual experiences and theorise about relationships between home and school language contexts.

    Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    Application Process

    Interested applicants should contact Dr Bea Staley, email: bea.staley@cdu.edu.au or

    Applicants will then be required to provide the below items:

    • Curriculum vitae, including details of 2 academic referees
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and your suitability for the role
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS) if your degree(s) were not completed in English

    The initial closing date for the EOI is 1 December 2020. The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment online.

  • Indigenous peoples are increasingly drawn into national and international networks of contact and knowledge exchange, including the widespread adoption of formal schooling, in many cases in a national language (English in Australia, Bahasa Indonesia in Indonesia, and so on). Preservation of linguistic identity is widely recognised by Indigenous groups as essential to the preservation of both cultural identity and technical, scientific, and environmental knowledge. While national and global languages provide access to international knowledge networks, their use in school can contribute to language loss; the use of a language in formal schooling is one key factor in language maintenance.

    Aims: The PhD scholar will investigate how an Indigenous language or languages from their context (country or region) can be used in school education, investigating theoretical, policy and practical issues. The specific context of the scholar will play an important role in the shape and direction of the project, but questions for investigation might include:

    • How does the policy environment of the context with respect to the use of Indigenous languages in education this affect current practice?
    • What affordances does a specific language or group of languages have for school education in a specific curriculum area? What language development work is required for implementing the teaching of a curriculum area in the language/s?
    • How can the use of an Indigenous language currently used in basic or initial education be expanded into later years?
    • What support do teachers need to teach curriculum areas in an Indigenous language?
    • What are the similarities and differences in the context with those of Indigenous education in the Northern Territory (comparative study)?

    The candidate is also expected to contribute to developing theoretical perspectives on the relationship between language and school content knowledge in contexts of linguistic diversity. The preference is for proposals that focus on mathematics education; however, focus on other curriculum areas will also be considered. The candidate should either come from an Indigenous community (in their country or region) or have a close relationship with a suitable community that enables this research to be undertaken in a respectful, responsible and reciprocal manner. Prior studies in linguistics as well as education are greatly advantageous, as is being able to speak a target Indigenous language.

    Ideal Candidate

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic performance and research background.  The following selection criteria will apply:

    • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in a relevant area of education, linguistics, or other language-related fields
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in academic research;
    • Peer-reviewed journal publications; and
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU.

    Application Process

    Interested applicants should contact Dr Cris Edmonds-Wathen, email: cris.edmonds-wathen@cdu.edu.au for further information and register their interest.

    Applicants will then be required to provide the below items:

    • Curriculum vitae, including details of 2 academic referees
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and your suitability for the role
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS) if your degree(s) were not completed in English

    The initial closing date for the EOI is 1 December 2020. The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment online.

Energy and resources

Engineering envitonment
  • This project aims to develop a process for recycling antimony and bromine and for producing oils from recycled plastics, especially from industrial grades ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and HIPS (high impact polystyrene) thermoplastics.  These materials are notoriously difficult to recycle but are widely used in manufacturing of computer and TV boxes, and other consumer electronics.  The oil should be bromine free and the process should generate no toxic polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polybrominated dibenzofurans, with the concentration of each PBDD/F congener in the oil to fall below the limit of detection.

    About you

    The selection of applicants for the award of the CDIPS involves consideration of your academic merit, your commitment to sustainable world and your research background.  The following essential selection criteria apply:

    • a first-class Honours or a Master’s degree in chemical engineering, chemistry or a related discipline, with an excellent undergraduate transcript
    • keen interest in making the world sustainable through development of advanced technologies for recycling and reusing by-products and waste materials
    • demonstrated English language proficiency required for postgraduate courses at CDU

    It is desirable, but not necessary, for you to have prior research publications.

    Application process

    Interested candidates should contact Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski by email at  bogdan.dlugogorski@cdu.edu.au highlighting their interest in this project with the following information

    • curriculum vitae, including details of 2 academic referees
    • a cover letter outlining a) your research interests, and b) how you meet the above selection criteria
    • copies of your academic transcripts
    • copies of your research publications, you have them
    • evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS) if your degree(s) were not completed in English

    The closing date for receiving the information is 20 January 2021.  The preferred applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD enrolment on-line.  Other scholarship opportunities may also arise throughout 2021.